Sunday, October 02, 2005

Our bats will head south for the winter soon

My bat talking days are numbered. I am on tonight but the crowds have dropped--around 200 now. There are still over 400,000 bats in the cave and the flights are thick and good. Soon, most of our bats will head to Mexico for the winter. But not all bats do. Many hang around year round.



Here is a picture of some bats in deep hibernation. The breathing of a hibernating bat is imperceptible, and its body cold to touch. Its heartbeat drops from roughly 400 beats per minute, when awake, to about 25 in hibernation, and its body temperature drops to within a few tenths of one degree of the surrounding cave.




This is a Tirdent Leaf Nose Bat. I think it is cute.

13 comments:

Tan Lucy Pez said...

You'll miss the bats.

You know what? I think the Tirdent Leaf Nose Bat is cute too. Surprises me!

gulnaz said...

dont worry about the bats there will be there next year...:)
i like your fondness for them, though i'm personally scared of them. :)

Jyotsna said...

Hi,the Tirdent leaf nose bat does look cute..thanks for changing my impression about bats..This was an interesting read!
:)

Amie said...

i'm never fond of bats not that i ever see any of it, but you made them look so cute in here. thanks for dropping by my blog.

Misreflection said...

I agree think its cute too :-)

Mridula said...

Have to go with Gulnaz, I find your posts on them cute but I am hell scared of them in person.

Ghost Particle said...

Hi Pecos,

Thanx for dropping by, I do have the DVD of what the bleep it is...ill watch it soon.

sirbarrett said...

Fascinating! They're cute little mammals. I don't know why anyone would fear them. I'm trying to learn how to sleep like that.

Pecos Blue said...

tan lucy pez,

Yes I will miss the bats. I will try and find another good picture.

Gulnaz,
Still scared even after all the pics : ) I was hoping to change that.



ghost particle, let me know what you think?

mermaid said...

Always learn something new when I read your posts on bats. Never knew they hibernated.

. : A : . said...

All relatively new to me. You learn something everyday. Thanks for this.

Legabal said...

Fascinating shot, Wonderful page.

Legabal said...

Fascinating shot, Wonderful page.